NY prison guard helped escapees in exchange for snitching, art: documents

Clinton Correctional Facility officer Gene Palmer is seen in a picture released by the New York State Police

By Pete DeMola PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Reuters) – A guard charged in the upstate New York escape of two inmates said he allowed them into the prison’s internal catwalks, which they later used to flee, in return for snitching on other inmates, according to court documents. Corrections officer Gene Palmer, due in court on Thursday to enter a plea to criminal charges, said he also let inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt change electrical wiring so they could cook in their cells at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. After the escape was discovered on June 6, officials said Matt, 49, and Sweat, 35, used the tools to break through their steel cell walls, scurry through the catwalks into a steam pipe and emerge from an outside manhole.

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